Welcome to the Department of Biology

Department of Biology at Illinois State University
Department of Biology
photo credits: Diane Byers

Historic Collections

Our school has preserved collections of insects, birds and plants. These on-going collections are a valuable resource for assessment of the impacts of environmental changes.

John Wesley Powel and Dale Birkenholz Natural History Collections

Collections from 1867 of vertebrates including: fish, herps, birds and mamals. For more information see Dr. Capparella's website who is the curator of this collection.

Entomological Research Collection

A diversity collection of invertebrates

George S. Vasey ISU Herbarium

Collection of over 50,000 specimens of plants dating back to 1859. For more information see Dr. Armstrong's website who is the curator of this collection